Upton Park get ready to install Israeli as new boss.
Portsmouth’s administrator Andrew Andronikou has said the club would not demand compensation for manager Avram Grant if he left the debt-ridden club.
Israeli Grant, 55, is rumoured to be on a shortlist to take over at West Ham, who sacked Gianfranco Zola on 11 May.
Grant revealed before Saturday’s 1-0 FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea, that he had been approached by other clubs about becoming their manager.
West Ham have vowed to recruit a new boss in time for pre-season training.
A statement from the Hammers read: “Our efforts are focused on recruiting a high-calibre manager with the necessary experience to deliver good football and, most importantly, results.
“A shortlist of candidates has been identified and the appointment will be made with enough time to prepare for pre-season.”
Grant, who succeeded Paul Hart as Pompey boss in November 2009, has been unsure of his future as the Fratton Park club has battled for survival on and off the pitch.
In February, Portsmouth became the first Premier League club to enter administration, with debts of £135m and were therefore docked nine points before eventually being relegated to the Championship.
Grant said that he had many offers during the season but stayed at Fratton Park because “my heart told me to”.
But the former Chelsea manager added that he did not “want to have another season like this”.
He is rumoured to be on a four-man West Ham shortlist along with Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce, Blackpool’s Ian Holloway and Dave Jones of Cardiff City. (BBC Sport)
No disrespect meant to the other members of the four man shortlist but Avram Grant must surely be Hammers fans first choice out of that quartet. The Israeli has worked wonders with Portsmouth in trying circumstances and whilst Pompey fans won’t want their boss to leave I am sure they will wish him well as he looks very likely indeed to become the new Upton Park boss sometime in the very near future.
The east London club are at a very important crossroads. With new owners who seem ready to spend some cash they need a manager who can see them through this transitory phase and in many ways Avram is perfect for the job. He knows all about the Premier League and could do a good job at the club especially if given time in the job, something Gianfranco Zola could well have done with.